If you have young children, it is of the utmost importance that you protect them by never leaving them alone in a vehicle. Even if you are just visiting a store for a few minutes, if you leave a young child in a vehicle without someone monitoring him or her, the results could be disastrous.
Remember, young children in unoccupied vehicles are susceptible to the environment. This means that they could potentially freeze or overheat depending on the weather, or a suspicious person could abduct them.
In addition to these issues, according to KidsandCars.org, in 2014, 30 unattended children in vehicles died from heatstroke, five died when a vehicle was accidentally set in motion and two died when they were strangled in a power window.
Because of this, in many states there are laws that specifically make it illegal to leave a child unattended in a vehicle. Sadly, in New Jersey, there are not laws that specifically address this issue, although you can be charged with child endangerment if you put your child at risk by leaving him or her unattended.
In addition to experiencing a traumatic event because you left your child alone in a vehicle, you can be held civilly liable if he or she is involved in an accident that harms someone. This could happen if a vehicle is accidentally set in motion, striking another vehicle or hitting a building.
N.J. Father Arrested After Son Crashes Vehicle
We bring unattended children up because recently a New Jersey man was arrested after he left his children in a car while it was running. One child, a four-year-old, climbed around in the vehicle and put it in reverse, causing it to crash into a brick stairway. According to NJ.com, Tavaris Reevey, 41, of Ocean Township, left his son and 2-year-old daughter unattended in his running car. Thankfully, the children were not injured in the accident.
Following an investigation into the crash, Reevey was charged with one count of child endangerment. Additionally, his children were turned over to the care of their mother after the New Jersey Department of Child Protection and Permanency was notified about the incident.
Having a Vehicle Accident Investigated
As this case shows, children can pose a risk to themselves and others if they are left unattended in a vehicle. If you are involved in an accident or an incident where a car has crashed into a building or into your vehicle, and you have been injured, you may want an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side.
Our lawyers have secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of vehicle accident victims. We could potentially review your case and explain your legal rights and options. Keep following our blog or visit us on Facebook for more information.
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